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Freedom Honor Flight holds farewell ceremony


FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. (KTTC) -- Thousands of veterans from all over the country have participated in something called Honor Flights since 2005.

The National Honor flight network works to send veterans to our nation's capital for a memorable trip. Now, a local chapter of this organization is giving two local veterans that same honor.

Freedom Honor Flight is a La Crosse, Wis.-based organization that's sending two Wisconsin veterans to Washington, D.C. this weekend to visit the memorials that stand in their honor.

At a farewell ceremony at St. Michael's Assisted Living in Fountain City, Army Veterans Daniel Jacquart and Rudy Zeller, prepared for their flight that leaves this Saturday.

They will join 92 other veterans from Wisconsin and Minnesota for a trip to more than 8-national monuments in the nation's capital.

One of them is the Korean Memorial, something significant to both veterans as they served during the Korean War.

To transport all these veterans to our nation's capital costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, but the veterans themselves don't have to pay a dime.

They apply to be on one of the flights and can wait up to two years before they're selected.

Freedom Honor Flight, though based out of La Crosse, now serves parts of southeastern Minnesota-including parts of Rochester.

If you are a vet or know a veteran, you can apply to be on a flight.

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